Monday, September 29, 2008

New Nokia, Pantech, Samsung Phones Heading to AT&T?

Rumors are flying that AT&T will be acquiring five new phones soon: Nokia’s E72, Pantech’s Matrix and a trio of Samsungs – the A867, Sangria and Mirage. The E72 is essentially a Nokia E71, said to be customized exclusively for AT&T users. The slim phone with 320x240-pixel screen, QWERTY keyboard, digital camera, GPS and memory card slot is rumored to include Symbian’s S60 Feature Pack 2, properly dominating its E71 predecessor. The FP2 allows for easy messaging, multi-tasking and downloading, with instant media playback during the download.

The Pantech Matrix dual-slider is the company’s follow-up to the Duo. While the Matrix has some great features, this affordable phone’s one downside might be Pantech’s weak operating system. Users will have to find solace in the 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Video Share, QWERTY keyboard and numeric pad, which come housed in three color options: red, green or blue.

Samsung phones have been under intense scrutiny lately. The A867 was once thought to be the elusive OMNIA, but as there is no mention of WiFi for this device, and the signature Samsung smartphone “i” is missing from the device number, it seems unlikely. The Sangria (A767) looks like the Samsung i620 and i640 devices, but without Windows Mobile, making it a lower-range consumer-targeted phone. The Mirage (i907) is said to be AT&T’s version of the i780 and has been referred to in recent rumors as the Blackjack III. This slim phone has a QWERTY keyboard, 320x320-pixel touch-sensitive display, optical mouse, 624MHz processor, quad-band GSM with WiFi and digital camera. The Mirage will run on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system.

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